Blitzkrieg is a book which seeks to somewhat demythologise one of the most well-known, and perhaps lionised parts of World War 2 history – the German tactics during the early years or months of the war which gave them such an advantage over their largely unprepared, or underpowered adversaries. Anyone who has had even the slightest interest in WW2 would have come across the term, surely, but is there any truth behind what the popular version of history is?
I guess to answer the question the book poses would be to spoil the book, but needless to say, the author unveils the answers through effective storytelling and quotes from the participants at the time.
At the end of the day, Blitzkrieg is an interesting, well-written book that takes a more in-depth look at a particular period in history, about which a collective narrative seems to have been constructed. The reality of the situation is not as simple as that narrative might lead one to believe, and war rarely is simple – once the dust settles.
This is a book which is largely told from the German perspective, although not entirely so. I’m not sure that it will appeal to everyone, including a lot of casual readers, but those wishing to take a more in depth look at history, rather than accepting the convenient version of events may wish to take a look at it.
Thanks to NetGalley for a review copy in exchange for an honest review.